Posted January 30th, 2018, 10:36 AM
When I asked what your options are, I meant in terms of cruise lines.
You also asked how to get around the more expensive balcony costs - which I think is what many of the answers were directed to.
As to which cruise lines from Galveston, it depends on what sails from there and what you are expecting? Perhaps a visit to a cruise specialist travel agent would help? Ship lines tend to cater to a certain demographic. Without more information, I couldn't assume you are my age group, or have similar interests, so I can't advise a particular line. An agent better knows, after discussion with you, what your best match would be, however, I did a quick look for what leaves from Galveston and it is Royal Caribbean or Carnival. If you don't have a preference of ship line, then choose by length of cruise, itinerary and cost.
If you don't know how to find what leaves Galveston, do a Google search of 'cruises from Galveston in ???2018) ??? being the relevant month you want to travel.
Keep in mind the shorter the cruise, the more of a boozy party boat it will be. Both lines are about activities and 'fun', with RCI having more of a wow factor. As for solo travelers, I travel and make my own interests so whether a cruise line has solo events, it doesn't matter to me...so again, I can't advise.
You can read more about the specific ships on the non-boards part of Cruise Critic.
Upcoming cruise: Costa Magica - B2B Southern Caribbean - 01/2019
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